Historical and Cultural Aspects of the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean in the Hellenistic and Roman periods
The subject of this course is the presence of the Graeco-Roman civilization in the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean, as seen through material remains. It will examine the spread of Roman civilization in these areas, the succession from Hellenistic to Roman culture, and the development of a common artistic language throughout the Empire that allowed the transmission of specific messages from the Emperor to his subjects, and vice versa. It will provide an overview of Roman civilization as formed in the Balkan –Danubian provinces and the Greek and Asia Minor provinces during the period of its great flourishment (2nd c. AD). During the Imperial period some of the major Greek cities maintained their institutions and their administrative autonomy, although under the provincial governor; besides the existing old cities (e.g. Athens, Argos, Sparta, Thessaloniki, Veroia, Ephesus, Miletus, etc.) new cities were established in the Greek mainland and the Asia Minor, as Roman colonies where Roman colonists were settled and organized on the model of the Roman cities of Italy, however, also adopting local features.
Upon completing the course the students will have gained: